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Nick Saban photobombing Bama’s graduation? Sure

Alabama's head coach Saban instructs his players as they take on the LSU Tigers during their NCAA football game in Baton Rouge AP

There are various points throughout the way-too-long offseason college football news cycle when we’re forced to deal with a malnourished hand.  This is one of those times.

The University of Alabama held its commencement ceremony Saturday in Coleman Coliseum.  Among those receiving their diplomas were 16 members of the Tide football program, with the proceedings witnessed by head coach Nick Saban.

And, how do we know it was witnessed by the four-time BCS-title-winning coach?  Because, well, there’s this photographic evidence:

Nick Saban Photobomb

Now, I have no idea if Saban intended to photobomb this graduate’s pic.  And I have found no empirical data that shows how many head coaches at the FBS level attend these commencement ceremonies.  What I do know is that it’s pretty damn cool that a head coach of the stature of Saban would take the time to be in attendance to watch his players lauded for succeeding off the field.

And I’m just as certain that the young man in the foreground on the receiving end of his sheepskin will have one helluva story to tell for years and years to come.

(Photo credit: the esteemed Clay Travis, Esquire)

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23 Responses to “Nick Saban photobombing Bama’s graduation? Sure”
  1. floridacock says: May 5, 2013 9:30 AM

    Sure, why not? Anything to impress a recruits mother.

  2. canetic says: May 5, 2013 10:04 AM

    He’s going to have a hell of a story to tell because Nick Saban is in the background of a picture that was taken of him? I’d hate to be on the receiving end of that story. I’d be more excited that my picture was on CFT.

  3. csilojohnson says: May 5, 2013 11:48 AM

    Considering that was the coach that kid won a championship with. Seems fitting to round out his college career with him in the picture.

  4. jimmy53 says: May 5, 2013 11:52 AM

    I believe Saban’s daughter graduated from UA this year, which would make sense why he was there…

  5. dcroz says: May 5, 2013 1:45 PM


    I don’t think the grad was one of Saban’s players, rather just someone who was in the right place at the right time.

  6. dkhhuey says: May 5, 2013 2:05 PM

    That is just hilarious!!! Whether it was done on purpose or just by accident – it is a great picture!!!

  7. helladonks says: May 5, 2013 4:12 PM

    Of course Saban didn’t intentionally photobomb this pic. Do you REALLY think he has that much of a sense of humor?

  8. vols84 says: May 5, 2013 4:32 PM

    Saban is so short that when he stands up he is barely taller than the lady sitting to the right.

  9. dcroz says: May 5, 2013 5:25 PM

    Actually, Saban does have a sense of humor, it’s just that he doesn’t show it when he’s working…which is about 90% of his waking time. And he seems more relaxed the longer he stays in Tuscaloosa; guess it takes him feeling secure to finally get him to let his hair down, so to speak.

  10. lowtalker says: May 5, 2013 5:28 PM

    Of course he went . . that was the only senior that graduated! :)

  11. Deb says: May 5, 2013 6:06 PM

    Ten responses and you have to scroll down to dkhhuey at #6 before you find someone who just recognizes that the photo is freakin’ hilarious?

    Good grief, people, lighten up.

  12. dkhhuey says: May 5, 2013 8:37 PM

    Deb – I’m STILL chuckling about this photo! I’m trying to decide who has the goofier look on their face – the grad or Saban!!!

  13. helladonks says: May 5, 2013 8:45 PM

    He’s just standing up, nothing too funny. But I’m sure ‘Bama fans think this is the greatest “prank” in history, and are offended by anyone who doesn’t believe so.

  14. thraiderskin says: May 5, 2013 8:53 PM

    I find the photo funny and I hate to change the subject, but… What the hell happened to that Kathy person who was always going after Deb, I feel like this would have been a great time for her to randomly attack Deb, I miss the drama.

  15. jimbo75025 says: May 5, 2013 9:10 PM

    Meh, if it was unintentional, then it’s still kind of funny. If it was intentional-and I believe it was simply because Saban is looking right at the camera when everyone in the crowd is looking in another direction, then good for him.

  16. billmead1976 says: May 5, 2013 11:37 PM

    with all that money they paying him in bama, you think he could hire a fashion consultant. homeboy looks like miami vice.

  17. tlmoon2112 says: May 6, 2013 12:20 PM

    Roll Turd

  18. apmn says: May 6, 2013 1:13 PM

    All college head coaches should attend commencement. It should be in their contracts. They are part of a university community and commencement is one of the major events in university life.

  19. packerbadger says: May 6, 2013 2:58 PM

    I find it amazing that one of these SEC idiots actually graduated. I wonder if they can even read at a third grade level. I watched an interview with the Mr. Honeybadger and I was amazed at the raw stupidity at this guy. I was at a conference this past wknd and ran into a LSU graduate who is from New Orleans and mentioned the interview I saw. Even he said Mr. Honeybadger is a Grade A idiot. I don’t care how good a football program is, I don’t want sensless no-minds like this representing my school.

  20. louhudson23 says: May 6, 2013 3:29 PM

    Javedeon Clowney still doesn’t see what the big deal with Nick Saban is all about…..

  21. Deb says: May 6, 2013 3:55 PM

    @dkhhuey …

    Definitely Saban. He looks like one of those grinning pop-up inflatables LOL

  22. Deb says: May 6, 2013 4:00 PM

    @helladonks …

    Dude, it’s our coach popping up in some grad’s photo with a goofy look on his face. It’s funny … but not if you don’t think so. No one’s offended if you don’t have a sense of humor. I was the only one in the theater laughing at Pulp Fiction, too.

  23. lakesidegator says: May 7, 2013 11:33 AM

    vols84 says: May 5, 2013 4:32 PM

    Saban is so short that when he stands up he is barely taller than the lady sitting to the right.




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